University of Notre Dame


1860 Nov. 3
Spalding, M(artin) J., Bp. of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist) Purcell: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Spalding will assist at the celebration of the opening of the Catholic Institute on Nov. 22. Father (Peter J.) Lavialle declined the mitre and Spalding hopes M(ichael) Domenec, Bishop Elect of Pittsburgh does not do the same. Two young men from Strasburg who came with Father (F.) Chambige left St. Thomas, after causing much trouble. Spalding hears that one of them is at Purcell's Seminary and tells him that if he desires, Chanbige can give him full information concerning the young man. Spalding has been requested by some Sisters to find out whether they, not being of the aggregate to the mother house, may attend the Jubilee of the Sisters of Charity.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {5}

1860 Nov. 5
Henni, Bishop John M(artin) of: Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: (Detroit, Michigan)

Father Ch(arle)s Zucker has been in Milwaukee in Henni's absence, leaving his exeat with the expectation of being received in the diocese. As Henni does not know the man and since he was a short time in Lefevere's diocese, leaving under quasi-false Pretences, Henni asks Lefevere to give him information about Zucker's qualifications. Henni has been told that Zucker speaks several languages and Henni could use such a man in the upper part of his diocese where he has just visited.

III-2-j - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1860 Nov. 5
Menard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Here are some details of the law suit. The majority of the grand jury, composed of lower class men of the neighborhood of Lockport, voted, it is said, 12-8 to throw the affair out of court. It was advisable to avoid the scandal which could only have resulted from the appearance of the affair in court by reason of the testimony of some young women. The honest men of the area groan about it; the others triumph. However there is little said of it as the elections absorb all the attention. He is going to check on the petition of St. Mary's for a pastor. They want one who will never go to Lockport. Father (Augustine) Maréchaux will be able to give further details about the affair. Finally, he asks for a dispensation for the second degree of consanouinity for Auguste Gaudet and Althée Marie Bernard.

VI-2-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {5}

1860 November 5
Smarius, (Father) C( ) F( ), SJ.:
St. Louis University (St. Louis, Missouri)
 to Brownson, (Orestes A.): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Smarius is a warm admirer of Brownson's writings but he differs sharply with the views expressed in the article, Rights of the Temporal as directly opposed to the Civilta Cattolica. Such views coming from Brownson will cause the fault finders and critics to "grin". He asks that Brownson point out in the next Review in what the slavery and nonage of the temporal government of the Popes consists.

I-3-o - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1860 Nov. 6
Deiters, Father William: Buffalo, New York
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The bearer, Father Jacob Rosweg, who is unable to stand the cold climate of Buffalo, on the advice of his doctors, wishes to be received into a diocese that has a more gentle climate, especially Cincinnati. The Bishop(John Timon) of Buffalo does not wish to dismiss Rosweg until he is called to another diocese. Rosweg is anxious to leave at once without exeat. Deiters cannot approve of this so he dares to write to Purcell in favor of his friend. He appreciated the difficulty of Rosweg's position and asks that Purcell accept this unhappy but zealous priest.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - (Latin) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1860 Nov. 8
Menard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (Amédée) Beccard has begged him to ask Rousselon for a place in the city for him. All he can say is that the best place for Beccard would be somewhere isolated and ignored by the inhabitants of the city and the countrywide. Father (E. J.) Foltier and he tried without success to persuade him to take a trip to France. His ideas are fixed upon obtaining a vicarship at St. Augustine.

VI-2-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {3}

1860 Nov. 9
Majerus, C.SS.R., Father Th(eodore): New York, (New York)
 to Bishop Peter Paul Lefevere: (Detroit, Michigan)

Majerus left Detroit unexpectedly last Monday; time did not permit him to see Lefevere for permission. He left hurriedly so that the people would not make a demonstration. He hereby asks permission to leave, thanking Lefevere for all the kindness extended him, and asking pardon for all his blunders and mistakes in Detroit. He is quite miserable, while at Detroit he had lots of trouble interiorly and exteriorly. Nevertheless he was always contented, as the witness of his conscience favored him.

III-2-j - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1860 Nov. 9
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): Opelousas, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He wrote some time ago that Father (Philibert) Gutton was better; but the convalescence is taking a long time. It is therefore very important to have another priest. He had read (Rousselon's) last letter rapidly and did not notice the passage where he said that he would send someone if they were ready to receive him. It is necessary that he be young, pious, and able to adjust himself to their manner of living. Gutton has his defects, he is week in spirit but his piety redeems the rest. Raymond's brother (Father J. Francis Raymond) especially wants someone to relieve him of the Calcassieu circuit. As for their convent, he mentioned the problem to Bishop (John Mary) Odin who replied that with (Rousselon)'s permission he would transfer a community which he had established at Liberty, (Texas), but found impossible to maintain there, to Opelousas. (P.S.) His brother has just returned from Grand Coteau where he went to see Gutton. The doctor told him that it would be six months before Gutton is completely recovered. Dr. Pilate believes that 6 weeks will suffice. Gutton said that he would spend a few days with them and at the end of the month go to the Archbishop's on (Rousselon's) invitation to recuperate. The Archbishop once spoke of a seminarian whom he met at the time of the Council. If he is still in the seminary he should be ordained quickly and sent to them. If not, there must be another seminarian who could be quickly ordained. As for the salary, he begs that it be not set until he has time to write about it.

VI-2-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 6pp. - 12mo. - {6}

1860 Nov. 9
Spalding, M(artin) J., Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Spalding writes with Purcell in the petition to Rome in behalf of the Sisters of Charity not aggregated to the French Mother House. He desires Purcell to write for the benefits of the Jubilee to be granted to all Sisters of the U(nited) States following the rules of St. Vincent de Paul. Spalding does not object to Bishop (Armand de) Charbonnel of (Toronto, Canada West) preaching in behalf of the Propagation of the Faith in this country but doubts the effort outside of French Speaking Dioceses. He wants to know at what hour the celebration of the Institute on the 22nd will take place. The young man from Strasbourg said the papers they received for Cincinnati were a mistake. They left without permission. Purcell desires to keep him after hearing from Father (F.) Chambige. He may do so provided the expenses are paid, Spalding leaves it all up to them.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 5pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1860 Nov. 10
Smyth, Clement, Bishop of Dubuque: Dubuque, (Iowa)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): Cincinnati, Ohio

Smyth received Purcell's letter of the 7th and is satisfied with his actions towards Father (M.) Michel and states that had Michel applied to him for a change of mission he would have granted it. Michel and another German priest had a dispute regarding debts contracted by Michel while in Iowa City and Smyth appointed A(lexander) Hattenberger V.G. to settle the dispute. Hattenberger was very liberal with Michel who remained unsatisfied. Smyth had the Vicar General then write to Michel telling him if he returned and remained until next summer he would receive a change of missions. Michell is incapable of governing and is very extravagent. Smyth thinks he would he better off as an assistant priest. The "Trappist priest" can claim no privilege from Canon Law or from the Constitution of the Cistercian Order to justify the scandal he caused the Archbishop. The Abbot of Mount Melleray, Ireland, Father (Bruno Fitzpatrick) is with Smyth and they shall go to Louisville (Kentucky) and from there to Gethsemani Abbey for the election of Abbot where Smyth shall represent the Abbot of Mt. Melleray. While there they shall take into consideration the Trappist's conduct. Smyth sends his regards to Purcell's brother.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {6}

1860 Nov. 12
Spalding M(artin) J., Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Bishop(John) Timon of (Buffalo, New York) urges Spalding to publish cheap edition of 50,000 of the Reformation and if the publishers can do it he would like permission to use Purcell's name in conjunction with Timon's for obtaining subscriptions. The South has assumed a menacing attitude and he fears they are in earnest. He hopes some prominent Catholics will come up with him on the 22nd.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1860 Nov. 15
Desgaultière, Father (Albino): Blaye, (France)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He asks (Rousselon) to send him a New Orleans Ordo as he has not yet given up hope of returning to the United States. When he left he did so despite himself but if God gives him a little energy he will not hesitate to reembark despite the sufferings of the voyage. If the see of New Orleans is occupied by a Frenchman or an American he will voluntarily place himself at his disposition, but he does not wish to have anything to do with an Irishman which for (Rousselon) should be very clear and not require any explanation. He also would like to have an American newspaper so as to keep informed. If (Rousselon) will send him one he will either pay for the subscription or say some masses for his intention. Knowing Cardinal Archbishop (Ferdinand Francoise Auguste) Donnet for a long time and knowing that the climate of Bordeaux was much sweeter than that of Lyon, he offered himself to him. Donnet offered him a parish but the reasons which compelled him to refuse Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc also made him refuse Donnet. As he had no post as chaplain at his disposal, he sent him to the College of Blaye as a professor of English while waiting.

VI-2-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 8vo. - {3}

1860 Nov. 16
Menard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Yesterday he received a visit from Father (C. J.) Urcun who said that he had come to make arrangements to minister to Bayou Boeuf and Saint Mary's, (La Fourche). Menard does not understand these arrangements for Urcun told him that he would only be pastor at Saint Mary's for a few weeks and the remainder of the time he would be vicar in his parish. This is not advantageous although he is willing to render Urcun hospitality. Urcun should dwell at St. Mary's. He should not mix with Lockport until reparation and satisfaction is made. Living at Thibodaux would reduce Urcun's usefulness as the distance is so great. Since Father (Amédée) Beccard's departure, he has been called for only one sickness and not a single burial, and he has performed only two marriages.

VI-2-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {5}

1860 Nov. 17
, Marie: Phi(ladelphia, Pennsylvania)
 to Father ( ): (New Orleans, Louisiana)

( ) cannot imagine how much she misses him. Although she finds in Father (Michael F.) Martin a true friend, no one's kindness can compare to his. She often thinks of the cruel separation that took place two months ago particularly when she goes to confession, but she consoles herself with the hope of seeing him next year. She begs him to send his likeness. They received a letter from Joe who was very well. Bishop (James Frederick) Wood comes to see them twice a week and he sings. Bishop (Michael) O'Connor left for Europe two or three weeks ago and Father (Michael Domenec) Domernick has been elected bishop. It is not sure whether he will accept it or not. ( ) is to tell Lolo and Mary Thorpe(?) not to cry for her because she expects to go to New Orleans next year to be a nun. ( ) is to scold Sister St. Lucie and Sister St. Andre for not answering her letters. Pauline would like to see him and hopes he comes next year. She sends respects to Father Cambiazo.

VI-2-c - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {6}

(186?) Nov. 18
Chabrol, Vicomte de: Joserand, France
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

He hopes Brownson has not forgotten him. He remembers Brownson's kindness when he visited him last year. (Charles) de Montalembert and others have asked him to prepare a work on the state of religion in America. He has prepared some notes which he asks Brownson to complete. He outlines his work beginning with the Protestant sects since the origin of the Unitarian movement. He would be obliged to Brownson if he would give him a few words on the present position of the different churches. He has several publications but they are not enough.

I-3-o - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1860 Nov. 19
(Baillargeon), Bishop C(harles) F(rancois): Quebec, Canada
 to Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

He recommends Father (J.B.) Lemercier who is pastor of a numerous congregation of poor Canadians in the diocese of A(l)bany. He has begun to build a church but does not have sufficient funds. He came to Quebec and to Montreal for assistance but the results were not sufficient. He has resolved to go to New Orleans where he hopes to find, under Perché's protection, sufficient charity from the Catholics of that opulent city.

VI-2-d - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}

1860 Nov. 19
Gresselin, Father Charles, S.J.: Boston, Mass(achusetts)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Gresselin copies an extract from the Civilta Cattolica an Italian Jesuit paper, touching on the conflict between the Papal States and Italy. He wants Brownson to decide whether he has correctly stated the situation in Italy, after reading the article written by an Italian priest. He sends his compliments to Henry.

I-3-o - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo - {2}

1860 Nov. 19
Morin, J(oh)n (?): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Permission for the servant Gustave Laurens to marry.

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1860 Nov. 19
Bienvenu, Alex(ander): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Permission for his mulatto Bonne to marry. Notation on the back by Father S(tephen) Rousselon. Celebrated Nov.19, 1860. Witnessed by Jean de Dieu, Etienn-Louis, and Orthesime Bienvenu.

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VI-2-c - A.D.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 16mo. - {4}

1860 Nov. 19
O'Reilly, S. J., Father Bernard: Fordham, (New York)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father O'Reilly is leaving for Norwalk, but he writes to invite Brownson to make a Retreat at Fordham, where he can find rest and repose. He thinks that Brownson should collect all his work on the Church. He and the Bishop of Boston would pledge themselves to translate them into Latin. P.S. Father Tiller approves of his invitation and tells him to say he will be at Fordham Dec. 10 to 22.

I-3-o - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1860 Nov. 23
Seton, Harry: Josefstadt, (Germany)
 to (Helen Seton) Nel: (Paris, France)

He writes to announce the death of one of their cadets who died last Wednesday. Yesterday they buried him with great honors. They returned laughing as if nothing had occurred. He sends the pictures today. He asks her to write and whether she has news from home or Rome.

II-1-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1860 Nov. 25
Orso, Louise: Nice, France
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Her health is perfect and the sweet climate of Nice has been very helpful to her master who is completely recovered. She has not heard from her parents and hopes that (Rousselon) will see if they are well and let her know. She had planned to remain in France but as the mother of the children for whom she is caring cannot busy herself with them she has made her promise to return to America with them. (Rousselon) is to tell Miss Juliette to tell Mrs. Lube that she took the letters which she had given her for Paris to the post upon arriving in Marseille. As for the commissions, not having her address she has been unable to send them. (Rousselon) should send her the address in his reply. If there are no obstacles they plan to leave Nice in April for Paris where they will remain two months before leaving for New Orleans.

VI-2-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {2}

1860 Nov. 25
(Seton), Robert: Rome, (Italy)
 to (William Seton 3): (Cragdon, New York)

This is (William)'s birthday and Robert sends his love. The rector (Father William McCloskey) promised to remember (William) and Hal (Harry Seton) at Mass. Robert made his Communion for them as he has no doubt Em(ily Seton) did. Robert has not seen her for a long time but he learned from Father Smith that he had received a letter from her. Robert wrote Will(iam Seton 4) some few days ago. He directs all his letters to his father even if they are for Wil or (E)liz(abeth Seton). Except for the political news being so bad Robert would have nothing but agreeable things to write. The American College does very well and numbers 40 students. The rector is most kind and not as strict as Robert first imagined. Dr. Burridge will have a good practice from their College. He is already well thought of in Rome. Last Thursday Robert saw the Queen Mother of Naples and her sons and daughters in St. Peter's. Another year he saw a king and queen in the same church, but he had little sympathy for the King of Prussia and his apostate wife. Robert would not advise his father to settle in Italy. Spring will bring war.

II-1-a - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {8}

1860 Nov. 26
Clarke, C. E. T.: Burlington, (Vermont)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

She has suffered much in the last three years. Mrs. Sadlier wrote to the effect that Clarke's manuscript was in the hands of a person who could not decide whether or not to publish it. Mrs. Sadlier did not say that she had read it. Those of Clarke's friends who have read it, have liked it better than "Lizzie Maitland". She will wait publication until the trouble with the South is past; it cannot amount to much. The quality of Catholic stories is so poor because of the lack of an international copyright law; European stories can be had cheaper that American stories. Her husband has gone to Montpelier. They have not received the last number of the Review.

I-3-o - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1860 Nov. 26
St. Antonia, Sister Theresa Colombos: Thiboduax, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Her health is not very good. She is well satisfied with the state of life she has embraced and regrets having misspent so much precious time. She asks (Rousselon) to advise her father concerning religion as he never goes to Mass, Confession, or Holy Communion. He has not answered her letter. She likes it very much at Thibodaux, the children and their superior are very good and she gets along well with all the Sisters. They are expecting (Rousselon) for the ember days. She has a particular sin which gives her a great deal of uneasiness and she cannot explain it very well in confession. She asks if she may write it on a piece of paper and send it to him.

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 On the same paper: 

St. Bernard, Sister: Thiboduax, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A few days ago she received the above letter addressed to Mother Theresa. She begs him to send it to her.

VI-2-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {4}

1860 Nov. 27
Pendergast, Patrick:
College of Physicians and Surgeons New York (New York)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Pendergast admires two articles in the October number of the Review: Rationalism and Traditionalism and Rights of the Temporal. An attempted reply in the (Metropolitan) Record is dishonest and unworthy. Brownson's Review will be read and respected long after the Record is forgotten.

I-3-O - A.L.S. - 2pp - 8vo. - {2}

1860 Nov. 27
Zoegel, Father Joseph: Obernai, France
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Two years ago Zeogel asked admission into Lefevere's diocese but was refused. He was then pastor at St. Michael's in Chicago. Immediately after this he left this parish and returned to his property in Alsace, France. But he feels that his happiness consists in living in America and encouraged by his friend, (Father Isidore A.) Lebel at Kalamazoo, he again asks to be admitted. His certificate from Chicago shows that he is under no suspension and that during the nine years he was in Chicago he worked hard.

III-2-j - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1860 Nov. 28
(Odin), Bishop John Mary: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has learned that P. Rotchford has not yet returned from Europe and as there is a financial crisis he begs (Rousselon) not to press his representative too much for the note which he has sent. He has drawn it for 10 days in the future in the hope that Rotchford will arrive in time to honor it. Father (Louis) Chambodut arrived Sunday morning and gave him (Rousselon)'s letters; in a few days he will send him the money for the wine. In the last 2 or 3 months he has received many letters from Rome alluding to the vacant see of New Orleans. Father (Claude) Dubuis left on the 10th with several persons for the missions. He will probably arrive around Christmas.

VI-2-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {4}

1860 Nov. 28
(Odin), Bishop John Mary: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He incloses $900 in payment of Father (Claude) Dubuis' last note to the estate of Father (J.M.) Mignard for the new church of San Antonio. 18 months ago he sent $500 and last year $1100 for a total of $2500. This is the amount Mignard loaned to Dubuis on the following conditions: (1) no interest, and (2) repayment when convenient. Part of this sum was in the hands of a man from whom Mignard was never able to obtain a cent. Without Dubuis' great prudence in handling the affair it would have been lost for Mignard. The lawyer for the estate in requiring the notes to bear interest acts contrary to the will of Mignard. He has repaid with pleasure the amount received from Mignard but he will never agree to pay more. Rousselon should acquaint Mignard's brother with these observations. He is persuaded that he will not act contrary to the will of his deceased brother.

VI-2-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 8mo. - {4}

1860 Nov. 29
C(ummings, Father) J.(eremiah) W.: New York, (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Cummings has finished his article entitled "Seminaries and Seminarians". Brownson may call for it Tuesday evening. If Brownson has the copy of the Pittsburgh Catholic containing the article to which the writer in Metropolitan Record objects he would appreciate Brownson's bringing it to him.

I-3-O - A.L.S. - 1 pg. - 8vO. - {3}

1860 Nov. 29
Lures, Bishop J(ohn): Ft. Wayne (Indiana)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Bishop Lures is a warm admirer of Brownson's writings. He believes it would be expedient for Brownson to be less severe not only in what he says but also in his manner of expression. Brownson is inclined to be a bit too severe in analyzing propositions to their logical conclusions. Practical considerations should be weighed in forming judgements on theories advocated by others. Luers has spoken to Bishops and priests and they think he should drop such subjects as the Rights of the Temporal Brownson should avoid "irritating questions."

I-3-O - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 16to - {1}

1860 Nov. 29
V. and Co(mpany) Havre, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Bill of lading for 1 case of vestments sent by Mr. Certes to be forwarded to Bishop (John Mary) Odin. E. Brandela signs for the Marziou Company.

VI-2-c - Printed Form S. - (French) - 4to. {3}

1860 Nov. 29
Rousselon, Father S(tephen): New Orleans, Louisiana

Copy of the baptismal certificate for Madeleine Marie Pilon, daughter of Pierre Colin Pilon and Marie Louise Lormier, born Feb. 16, 1827 and baptized Aug. 10, 1827 by Father Antonio de Sedella; Martin Pilon and Marie Madeleine Pilon as godparents.

Folded with the above:

1860 Nov. 29
Rousselon, Father S(tephen): New Orleans, Louisiana

Copy of baptismal certificate for Martin, child of Pierre Colin Pilon and Marie Louise Lormier, born on July 12, 1824 and baptized on on October 30, 1824 by Sedella; Martin Fromentin and Jeanne Lormier as godparents.

1859 Dec. 22
Rousselon, Father S(tephen): New Orleans, Louisiana

Copy of baptismal certificate for Francois Edgard, child of Louis Girod Dupuy and Marie Madeleine Pilon, born April 16, 1836 and baptized March 10, 1837 by Father (N.) Bonniot; Henri Brugier and Marie Plantye as godparents.

VI-2-c - A.D.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {9}